The Cannabis Act came into action. Were there any concerns with how this was handled?
Hi, I'm Karen. Thank you for this question. I think this is a really important topic to discuss the legalization of marijuana was definitely a controversial topic. But I personally believe it was a great decision to be made that said when we are making a federal decision like this, we need to make sure that we're supporting the provincial governments in ensuring that the intense of this legislation are actually carried forward. I would say the intent of the
Legalizing cannabis and legalizing. Marijuana was to one ensure that we are able to support individuals who are struggling with drug dependencies and are engaging in the use of marijuana and support for that includes harm reduction Services includes Addiction Services includes making sure that sources of marijuana are legal and are safe and
Include in ensures the destigmatize ation of drug use. However, if the provincial poppy provincial government does not engage in introducing introducing areas and Facilities where individuals can get cannibus easily and get cannibus safely. If they don't engage in providing treatment opportunities or providing spaces where individuals can
engage in this drug use in an appropriate and safe manner than I think the legislation ultimately it's intense are not carried forward. Secondly. I think it's important that provincial population it provincial governments are actually regulating this legislation and are doing that appropriately a lot of the concerns with the federal legislation was that this would make marijuana more accessible for minors and would make it more accessible for individuals just to try
I think it's important that the provincial governments are ensuring that when marijuana is being sold. It is strictly not being sold for minors. It is strictly sold in a way that is safe. And that doesn't promote addiction or doesn't promote unnecessary use if possible.
lastly I think
Part of this legislation was to eliminate or to try to mitigate the discriminatory incarceration. And the ultimately War on Drugs that led us to a point in which prisons are oftentimes disproportionately black men or black individuals who were using drugs recreationally or really not even to a great extent. However, I know that
now individuals with this legislation will not get a criminal record for using marijuana. However, if they had had a crime or a were caught for using marijuana in the past, this is still on their police record today, and that's part of their I believe the provincial legislation. So in order to ensure that these quote-unquote crimes in the past do not continue into these individuals Futures do
Impact their chances of being able to get employment pursue education in the future. I think it's important that we erase these crimes on their criminal record by the provincial government today, even if they were from the past. So those are I believe three of the goals of the Cannabis Act was to one insurer.
Safe use of marijuana and that is through harm reduction services and safe.
safe marketing and safe consuming of the drug, but that needs to be regulated by the provincial government the provincial government needs to ensure that there are harm reduction services and Facilities that are accessible for all of their populations around their cities another goal of this was to
Allow for more appropriate regulation of the drug and monitoring of who is using the drug when they are using it and how they're using it. But in order to do that, we need to make sure that we're not increasing the risk of this drug use and we're not allowing minors for example to easily access these drugs and that's on the provincial governments part and thirdly this the goal of this was to eliminate some of the discriminatory.
Incarceration that is seen and part of that means removing these discriminatory crimes on individuals past criminal records as well, which has not been implemented.